Tuesday, March 18, 2003
By Chris Woodfin
The No. 18 ranked (ESPN.com) University of Alabama softball team (21-10) jumped on top of the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (11-15) early and cruised to a 5-1 victory Tuesday night at the Alabama Softball Complex. The victory was the 300th all-time win in Tide softball history.
After scoring in the first inning to give Alabama a 1-0 lead, sophomore All-American Ashley Courtney ripped a single to right field to score Dominique Accetturo and Jen Reach to give Alabama a 3-0 second inning lead.
The Tide hitters struck again in the fifth inning when Accetturo singled to right to drive in fellow freshman Staci Ramsey and Stephanie VanBrakle and give Alabama a 5-0 lead.
Southern Miss scored their only run in the top of the sixth on a double to right field by Charity Butler that plated Auriel Jenkins.
Erin Wright improved to 11-4 on the season for the Tide, striking out six and allowing just six hits. Jessica Holaway took the loss for Southern Miss, dropping her to 5-9 for the season.
Accetturo was the offensive star for Alabama, going three for three with a pair of singles and a double with two RBI and a run scored. Reach added a pair of hits and a run scored for the Tide.
The Alabama softball team returns to action Wednesday night, hosting the Lady Trojans of Troy State at the Alabama Softball Complex. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m.
- Alabama's run in the first inning was the 2,000th run in UA history.
- Staci Ramsey extended her hitting streak to 10 games.
- The Alabama victory was the 300th in the history of the program.
- Angela Johnson has a seven game hitting streak.